|Publication number||US7428145 B2|
|Application number||US 11/283,767|
|Publication date||Sep 23, 2008|
|Filing date||Nov 22, 2005|
|Priority date||Aug 24, 2005|
|Also published as||CN1920739A, US20070047192|
|Publication number||11283767, 283767, US 7428145 B2, US 7428145B2, US-B2-7428145, US7428145 B2, US7428145B2|
|Inventors||Sonomasa Kobayashi, Katsuichi Goto|
|Original Assignee||Fujitsu Limited|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (15), Non-Patent Citations (2), Referenced by (5), Classifications (19), Legal Events (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to an electronic apparatus represented by a personal computer for example.
2. Description of the Related Art
In recent years, personal computers (hereinafter sometimes referred to as “PC”) have been in widespread use not only in offices but also at homes. As one type of personal computers, there have been widely known notebook personal computers (hereinafter referred to as “notebook PC”) each composed of: a main unit having a keyboard on the top surface; and a display unit openable and closable with respect to the main unit and having a display screen. The display unit is opened to stand relative to the main unit when in use and is folded to lie on the keyboard when not in use.
Also, plate-like tablet personal computers (hereinafter referred to as “tablet PC”) having a display screen on the top surface have emerged in recent years. A user enters an instruction into this type of PC by bringing a stylus closer to a position on the display screen or touching the position with the stylus so as to make the tablet PC recognize the position.
Also, another type of electronic apparatus capable of operating both as a notebook PC and a tablet PC have come along recently. This type of apparatus has a main unit and a display unit which are connected via a two-axis connection section that supports the main unit and the display unit in such a manner that they can be opened/closed and rotated.
General electronic apparatus such as personal computers are desired to be smaller in size. Particularly, the above-mentioned notebook PCs, tablet PCs and the like are desired to be smaller and thinner because they need to be portable. Lately, as the notebook PCs have become more and more multifunctional, performance of notebook PCs has almost reached the high level comparable to that of desktop PCs. Therefore, it is desired to realize a smaller and thinner apparatus that also maintains high operability while keeping with the trend toward multifunction.
Notebook PCs are usually so configured as to operate on a battery as they need to be portable. A battery requires a considerably large space as compared to other components in a notebook PC, which is a large obstacle to reduction in size of the notebook PC. With the recent functional enhancement, power consumption has also increased, which requires a notebook PC to have a larger battery. In addition, personal computers are usually equipped with an internal or external speaker. Since quality of sound is also an important factor in realizing a high-performance notebook PC, it is required to incorporate a considerably large speaker in a notebook PC, which is also a large obstacle to reduction in size of the notebook PC.
Not only notebook PCs but also various types of devices, such as game machines, DVD recorders and players, hard-disk recorders are desired to be smaller and thinner for the purpose of saving space of an installation site.
Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2003-87378 aims to provide a notebook PC excellent in sound effects by appropriately fixing a speaker, and proposes to incorporate a speaker in a hinge unit that connects a main unit to a display unit in a rotatable manner. Also, Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2002-182784 proposes a notebook PC having a similar configuration. Further, Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2000-148298 proposes the placement of a speaker, and Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2003-347759 proposes an auxiliary case incorporating a battery.
In order to reduce the size of electronic apparatus such as notebook PC, each component and unit forming an electronic apparatus need to be made smaller. In addition, how to combine components or units in view of placement is also important. All of the above-mentioned Japanese Patent Application Publications propose the placement of a single component or unit such as a battery or speaker and do not propose size reduction by improving combinations of components or units. Merely reducing the size is not enough and operability as well as design must be taken into consideration.
In view of the foregoing, the present invention provides an electronic apparatus including:
a first enclosure; and
an openable and closable second enclosure that is coupled to the first enclosure,
wherein the first enclosure includes an attachment section to which a detachable unit is to be attached and also includes projections which are formed at both ends of the attachment section and are not covered by the second enclosure when the second enclosure is closed.
In the electronic apparatus, the projections of the first enclosure may each include a speaker.
Also, in the electronic apparatus, the detachable unit may be a battery unit including a battery for supply power to the electronic apparatus.
Further, in the electronic apparatus, in the state in which the detachable unit is not attached to the attachment section, the projections may project such that the projections become approximately flush with the detachable unit being attached to the attachment section.
Furthermore, in the electronic apparatus, the projections may be formed at both ends of a rear part of the first enclosure behind a position where the second enclosure is coupled.
Still furthermore, in the electronic apparatus, the first enclosure may be a main unit having a main circuit board and the second enclosure may be a display unit having a display screen.
As described above, according to the present invention, because a speaker is disposed at both ends of a battery, even a large battery can be well housed between speakers. Accordingly, the size can be reduced, the design can be excellent, and the battery can be stably held during transportation of equipment.
An embodiment of the present invention will be described.
The notebook PC 10 is composed of two cabinets: a main unit 20 and a display unit 30. The display unit 30 is supported by a hinge section 40 so that it can be opened and closed with respect to the main unit 20.
The main unit 20 has a keyboard 21, a trackpad 22, etc. on its top surface and also has an insertion opening 231 of a PC card slot, which accesses a PC card removably inserted thereinto as will be described later, on the left flank. On the front surface of the main unit 20, there is disposed an operation member 232 to be slidably operated for removing a PC card inserted into the PC card slot. Inside the cabinet of the main unit 20, there is a main circuit board on which circuits such as a CPU for performing various processing and other components are mounted. Also, part of the right flank of the main unit 20 is formed by an end surface 241 of a CD/DVD drive for accessing a removable CD or DVD inserted and rotated therein, which will also be described later. The end surface 241 has an eject button 242 that causes a tray of the CD/DVD drive to slide out from the main unit 20 when pressed.
The right flank of the main unit 20 has an insertion opening 251 of a media slot for accessing various types of removable recording media (SmartMedia (™) , xD-card (™), etc.) inserted therein. The insertion opening 251 is so formed as to vertically overlap the CD/DVD drive.
When the display unit 30 is closed with respect to the main unit 20, the external form of the main unit 20 covered by the display unit 30 is nearly a rectangular solid.
The display unit 30 has a large-sized display screen 31 and a front cover surrounding the display screen 31 on its front. On the front cover, there is formed a hole 32 for leading sound to a microphone (not shown) disposed inside the display unit 30.
The hinge section 40 is so configured as to support the display unit 30 in such a manner that the display unit 30 is openable and closable with respect to the main unit 20.
The display unit 30 needs to be rotatable with respect to the main unit 20 and at the same time, it must be capable of remaining in any position when the display unit 30 is open with respect to the main unit 20. For this purpose, the display unit 30 has friction members 41. The friction members 41 serve to apply friction to rotation shafts 33 of the display unit 30 so that the display unit 30 can remain in any position when the display unit 30 is open with respect to the main unit 20.
Behind the hinge section 40, there are disposed speakers 26 in the right and left of the rear part of the main unit 20. To an area between these two speakers 26, a battery unit 27 containing a battery for supplying power to components of the notebook PC 10 is removably attached. The rear-end surface of the battery unit 27 is nearly flush with portions of the cabinet of the main unit 20 that support the speakers 26.
2. CD/DVD drive and Media Slot
The example shown in
The unit 500 is composed of a base plate 501, a CD/DVD drive 502, a motherboard 503, a chassis 504, and a media unit 505. The media unit 505 has a media slot 5051, a CF card slot 5052, and a PC card slot 5053 are mounted thereon.
The unit 500 is assembled in such a manner that the CD/DVD drive 502 and the motherboard 503 are mounted on the base plate 501, the chassis 504 is mounted on the CD/DVD drive 502, and then the media unit 505 is mounted on the chassis 504. In this case, the thickness of a portion, which includes the mounted CD/DVD drive 502, of the unit 500 is equal to the sum of the thicknesses of the base plate 501, CD/DVD drive 502, chassis 504, and media unit 505. Here, attention is focused on the media slot 5051 mounted on the media unit 505, and the total thickness of the portion including the mounted media slot 5051 is determined with consideration given to the thickness of the media slot 5051 instead of the thickness of the media unit 505.
Now, the present embodiment will be described with reference to
The unit 50 shown in
As shown in
The CD/DVD drive 24 alone becomes a unit by itself that can be removably inserted into a housing section of the unit 50 when the unit 50 is assembled (when the notebook PC 10 is assembled). An end of the CD/DVD drive 24 is provided with an opposite connector to be mated with a connector (not shown) of the circuit board 54 when the CD/DVD drive 24 is inserted into the housing section of the unit 50.
The media slot 52 is a drive for accessing a storage medium inserted through the insertion opening 251. As shown in
3. Battery Unit and Speaker
As mentioned above, behind the hinge section 40, the battery-attachment section 271 is formed, to which the battery unit 27 used for supplying power to components of the notebook PC 10 is removably attached. The external form of the battery unit 27 is nearly a rectangular solid and has a connector that is at least provided with a power terminal at one end in the longitudinal direction. Inside the case of the battery unit 27, there are two or more battery cells wired to the connector. When the battery unit 27 is slid into the battery-attachment section 271 from the back of the main unit 20, the connectors of the both sides are mated with each other. The battery unit 27 is attached to the main unit 20 in this manner. Also, at both ends of the battery-attachment section 271, the speakers 26 are disposed to output sound to the outside.
The portions of the cabinet forming the main unit 20 that support the speakers 26 are so formed as to project towards the back of the main unit 20. These portions project such that the projections become nearly flush with the battery unit 27 when the battery unit 27 is attached to the battery-attachment section 271. In the state that the battery unit 27 is attached to the battery-attachment section 271, the portions of the cabinet forming the main unit 20 that support the speakers 26 are approximately flush with the battery unit 27. In other words, the portions of the cabinet forming the main unit 20 that support the speakers 26 are not covered by the display unit 30 when it is closed to lie on the main unit 20.
A conventional battery unit is attached to a main unit in such a manner that the battery unit alone projects from the cabinet of the main unit-i.e. only about half of the battery unit is attached to the main unit. Therefore, a user often feels that it is unstable. Further, a conventional battery unit is liable to damage during transportation when the connection point between the connectors of the main unit and the battery unit is put under the load of the weight of the battery unit, or when the battery unit hits something. However, according to the present embodiment, the portions of the cabinet forming the main unit 20 that support the speakers 26 project such that the projections become flush with the battery unit 27 when the battery unit 27 is attached to the battery-attachment section 271. Therefore, the stability of the battery unit 27 in an attachment position has been improved. Also, such a structure prevents a load of the weight of the battery unit on the connection point between the connectors of the main unit and the battery unit.
At each end of the battery unit 27, a long groove 273 is formed (see
Further, as shown in
4. Card Ejection Mechanism
As shown in
The bottom cover 201 has an indentation 201 a and the top cover 202 also has an indentation 202 a in a position corresponding to the indentation 201 a. When the bottom cover 201 and the top cover 202 are assembled, an opening defined by the indentations 201 a and 202 a is formed to connect the inside and outside of the main unit 20.
The operation member 232 has a projecting engagement claw 232 a and is disposed on the surface of a cover formed by the bottom and top covers 201 and 202. The engagement claw 232 a projects towards the inside of the cover through the opening defined by the indentations 201 a and 202 a. In contrast, the sliding fitting 233 is disposed inside the cover and has an engagement hole 233 a through which the engagement claw 232 a of the operation member 232 projecting towards the inside of the cover is inserted. When the operation member 232 is slid, the sliding fitting 233 is also slid together with the operation member 232 along an inner wall of the cover.
The sliding fitting 233 has been bent into an L-shape in cross section. One surface 233 b of the sliding fitting 233 can be disposed so as to contact an inner surface of the cover, and a top plate as the other surface 233 c has a slit 233 e through which a screw 234 can be inserted. The screw 234 is inserted into and secured to a screw hole 235 formed in the center of a boss standing on the bottom cover 201. The sliding fitting 233 is engaged with and supported by the operation member 232, and is further guided by the screw 234 screw-fitted through the long hold 232 e. Therefore, according to a sliding operation made on the operation member 232, by the guide of the slit 233 e, the sliding fitting 233 can be slid together with the operation member 232 in the direction in which an L-shaped ridge 233 d of the operation member 232 extends.
As shown in
Also, the present embodiment is so configured as to move the sliding fitting 233 while preventing its vertical movements by means of the screw 234 in the inside of the cover of the main unit 20. Therefore, the operation member 232 supporting the sliding fitting 233 can be well operated without having a frame for the operation member 232 surrounding the range of movement of the operation member 232. Because there is no need to provide such a frame, the present embodiment can reduce the space by the width of the frame, which contributes to the size reduction of the notebook PC 10.
5. Structure of Connector Section
Of the circuit boards 611 and 612, the upper circuit board 611 has an indentation 611 a for visually observing the connector 63 at a position facing the connector 63 mounted on the lower circuit board 612. Without the indentation 611 a, it is extremely hard for a user to observe the connector 63 and thus mating of the connectors 63 and 65 must be carried out with guesswork when the board assembly 61 is fixed to the main board 62, which reduces working efficiency to a great extent. On the contrary, because the indentation 611 a is formed in the circuit board 611, a user can observe the connector 63, which remarkably improves working efficiency during mating of the connectors 63 and 65.
6. Affixing Structure of Friction Members
The example shown in
A back cover 1301 forming a display unit has an indentation 1301 a that defines an opening formed when the back cover 1301 is covered by a front cover (not shown) that enables a display screen to be seen. A friction member 1041 is so disposed to extend linking the outside and inside of the back cover 1301 through the indentation 1301 a. The friction member 1041 enters the inside of the back cover 1301 from the indentation 1301 a and has two arms 1041 a and 1041 b spreading at both ends. The arms 1041 a and 1041 b have through holes 1041 c and 1041 d, respectively. In contrast, the back cover 1301 has bosses 1301 b and 1301 c over which the through holes 1041 c and 1041 d of the arms 1041 a and 1041 b are to be aligned. The bosses 1301 b and 1301 c have screw holes 1301 d and 1301 e formed in the center, respectively. The two arms 1041 a and 1041 b are positioned on the bosses 1301 b and 1301 c and screwed by using the through holes 1041 c and 1041 d and the screw holes 1301 d and 1301 e. In this way, the friction member 1041 is fixed to the back cover 1301. In the example shown in
Next, the embodiment shown in
The friction member 41 shown in
A part of the friction member 41 entering the inside of the back cover 301 through the indentation 301 a is composed of a fist arm 411 and a second arm 412. The first arm 411 enters the inside of the back cover 301 through the indentation 301 a and extends along an inner wall of the back cover 301 in the left direction in
The back cover 301 has an engagement projection 301 b in a portion where the first arm 411 extends, which projects towards the inside of the back cover 301. The first arm 411 of the friction member 41 has an engagement indentation 411 a to be engaged with the engagement projection 301 b in a position corresponding to the engagement projection 301 b. As shown in
In contrast, the second arm 412 of the friction member 41 extending along an inner wall of the back cover 301 is bent into a 90 degree angle, and the bent part has two through holes 412 a and 412 b and a locating hole 412 c in the center between the two through holes 412 a and 412 b.
The back cover 301 has two bosses 301 c and 301 d formed at positions where the two through holes 412 a and 412 b of the second arm 412 of the friction member 41 are to be placed. The bosses 301 c and 301 d have screw holes 301 f and 301 g in the center, respectively. In the center between the bosses 301 c and 301 d, there is formed a standing pin 301 e to be inserted into the locating hole 412 c formed in the second arm 412 of the friction member 41.
In order to fix the friction member 41 to the back cover 301, as shown in
Of the two arms 411 and 412, the one arm 411 is fixed only by engagement and the other arm 412 is fixed by screws and the like in the above-described structure. Accordingly, even when space is tight in the x direction of the back cover 301 shown in
7. Microphone and Infrared Sensor (Part 1)
As mentioned above, the notebook PC 10 (see
The optical filter 35 for cutting visible light and transmitting infrared rays is affixed on the hole 32 (see
On a circuit board 71, there is mounted an infrared sensor 72 that receives infrared signals used for remote control as shown in
When a microphone is disposed behind the hole 32 shown in
Whether to contain a microphone or an infrared sensor is selected depending on the destination either of domestic or overseas at the time the notebook PC is assembled. However, such selection may be made depending on the grade of the notebook PC instead of the destination.
As described above, the present embodiment is so configured as to dispose either one of two or more types of components (microphone and infrared sensor in the embodiment) that interact with the outside through the same hole 32 in different manners. Accordingly, there is no need to provide an additional hole, which makes the notebook PC excellent in design.
In addition, because the hole 32 is formed in the front cover of the display unit 30, the hole 32 is in a higher position when the display unit 30 is opened, thereby providing excellent sound-collecting effect of the microphone as well as excellent receiver sensitivity of the infrared sensor.
8. Microphone and Infrared Sensor (Part 2)
Next, there will be described another arrangement of microphone and infrared sensor, which can be employed instead of the arrangement of microphone and infrared sensor described with reference to
In the center of a circuit board 80, a magnetic sensor 81 for detecting contact and non-contact of a magnetic member is disposed. In addition, a microphone 82 is disposed at one end of the circuit board 80, whereas an infrared sensor 83 for receiving infrared signals used for remote control is disposed at the other end of the circuit board 80. Further, the circuit board 80 has two through holes 84 and 85 for screwing the circuit board 80, which are formed between the magnetic sensor 81 and the microphone 82 and between the magnetic sensor 81 and the infrared sensor 83, respectively. When the circuit board 80 is rotated 180 degrees about the magnetic sensor 81, the through holes 84 and 85 change places so that the magnetic sensor 81 can be screwed in the same position. At this time, the microphone 82 and the infrared sensor 83 also change places.
The back cover of the display unit 30 has two screw holes 38 and 39 for fixing the circuit board 80. Fixing is made by aligning these two screw holes 38 and 39 with the two through holes 84 and 85 of the circuit board 80 and screwing by using these holes. With this arrangement, the magnetic sensor 81 can be disposed in the same position irrespective of the orientation of the circuit board 80, and the microphone 82 or the infrared sensor 83 can be disposed behind the hole 32 depending on the orientation of the circuit board 80. When the circuit board 80 is screwed in the direction in which the infrared sensor 83 is disposed behind the hole 32, an optical filter for transmitting infrared rays and cutting visible light is affixed on the hole 32. On the main unit 20 (see
Only either one of the microphone 82 and the infrared sensor 83 is used for one notebook PC according to the orientation of the circuit board 80.
According to the arrangement described with reference to
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|U.S. Classification||361/679.55, 429/123, 320/113, 40/663|
|Cooperative Classification||G06F1/1632, G06F1/1656, G06F1/1635, G06F1/1688, G06F1/1616, G06F1/1679, G06F1/1698|
|European Classification||G06F1/16P9M4, G06F1/16P9E, G06F1/16P9P9, G06F1/16P9B, G06F1/16P9P4, G06F1/16P1F, G06F1/16P6|
|Nov 22, 2005||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: FUJITSU LIMITED, JAPAN
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Effective date: 20051107
|Feb 3, 2009||CC||Certificate of correction|
|Feb 22, 2012||FPAY||Fee payment|
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